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Town & Country Circuit Rider Retreat

Michigan Town & Country Ministries Presents the 50th Annual Circuit Rider Retreat Featuring Keynote Speaker Bishop David A. Bard   Open to ALL pastors and spouses serving smaller, single and multiple-point churches.  The retreat is also open to retired pastors who have attended in the past.   Join us at the West Branch Quality Inn… Continue Reading Town & Country Circuit Rider Retreat

Bishops Bard and Jones seek unity for UMC

BIshop Bard and colleagues consult Discipline on future course of UMC.

On July 10 UM News released a report of a “New Form of Unity,” proposed by Bishops David Bard (Michigan) and Scott Jones (Texas). Read the report and more comments from Bishop Bard.

AC 2019 is ‘greenhouse for leadership’

Persons holding placards during opening worship

The Michigan Annual Conference celebrated Bold and Effective Leadership, and now moves forward — with wisdom, courage, and heart — for mission and ministry in a changing world.

AC members learn about leadership

Small child at Annual Conference

Bishop David Bard called the church a “greenhouse” in his opening sermon on May 30. Seeds of leadership continued to be planted throughout the course of the 2019 Annual Conference.

‘Unfinished business’ from AC 2019

Bishop Bard talks business with Nichea VerVeer Guy

Home from Annual Conference, Bishop David Bard speaks on actions taken at the 2019 session and reflects on what is yet unfinished as United Methodists move forward toward the 2020 General Conference.

The future is in our hands

bird in hand

Hands and hearts will be shaping the future of The UMC. Benton Heisler explains an important action to be taken at the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference meeting May 30-June 1.

A joyful journey toward AC 2019

Bishop Bard and Rev. John Boley process during worship

In the May edition of his blog, A Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard remembers his first ever Annual Conference in 1983 and reflects on the upcoming 2019 Michigan Annual Conference.

Easter blessing from Bishop Bard

Stained glass window from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Reflecting on Jesus’ journey through the events of Holy Week in Jerusalem, Bishop David Bard shares an Easter message in this three-minute video. Designed to be  shared with your congregation this Sunday.

Hope caked with mud

Jesus washing feet

Bishop David Bard anticipates Easter blessings and talks about grief and hope in this month’s edition of A Joyful Journey.

Bishop announces GC 2019 listening sessions

Bishops praying at Gener alConference 2019

Bishop David Bard has announced four more opportunities for dialogue with him on actions taken at the 2019 General Conference.

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